RE: Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #157
I'm a newbie, have had my 29g tank for the past 11 months and at first
everything was okay. I started the tank, introduced the fishes with not
problems, even got a bigger tank (the previous one was a 20g).
Since the previous tank I've been fighting ich, with some success, but a
month ago, things got out of control: green algae everywhere, couple fishes
(given to me, don't know what they are: orange-like dark dots on dorsal, 2
long whiskers coming from bottom, long fins starting mid of belly all the
way near tale) start to swallow (learned latter it can be dropsy!), three
others had one eye patched (red-tale shark, another long fin silver /black
one, not beta, and a cory) with a white stuff, other 2 had cracks on their
skin (the orange-like described above), besides the smaller ones (neon
tetras) started dyeing.
So, I decided to do a 50% water change, took all the artificial plants out
(there was no natural one), introduced three natural ones to start, a new
and bigger airstone, a pleco to take care of the algae (did a great job in a
week!) and bio-zyme to jump start the bio-filter. For the next three weeks
everything went great, even the plants were growing very healthy, the water
was great too, pH at 6.5, no nitrite, no ammonia. Then the orange-like fish
was again starting to have a cloudy eye, same with the big-fin one. I
checked nitrite and it was way high, 3.5!! The red-tale shark was again
with Ich, I think, whole body with white sugar dots. So I changed 50% of
the water again, this time with tap water (usually I use Polland spring),
checked the pH, treated for chlorine, and start another Ich treatment. Two
mistakes I think I committed: 1) the water was colder than the one on the
tank (tank at 79-80F and water at 73-74F) and 2) by taking the filter off so
the medication could circulate, right after 50% water change, after had
changed 50% a week ago, I don't know if I had enough bacteria to work with
The reason I say this is that right after the water change, the fishes' fins
looked like they were melting! Also, next day, nitrite was still 2.5, and
every single fish started dying. Out of 20 I ended up with 5! In last then
24 hours! I felt, still feel awful. I guess I just did a holocaust!!
Well, the bigger fishes survived, but the white stuff in their eyes is still
there. Yesterday I purchased a full spectrum lamp, took the dead plants
out, siphon again the grabble (should I siphon the red stuff under the
grabble?) changed 1/3 of the water, added bio-zyme, new filter, added 8
neon tetras and 5 bleeding-hearts, to crank the tank again. Check the pH
(6.5) and added a pH stabilizer, checked ammonia (0), checked nitrite (was
2.5, but today in the morning it was down to 1.5 and I believe it's coming
down). I added again a medication for the suspected fungus and Ich, called
clout. Came to work optimist. Went back 6 hours later and my pleco was
dead! # hours later, last night, 4 neons dead. Today in the morning, all
remain neons were dead as well as all 5 bleeding hearts!!!
Don't know what to do> I guess, on trying to kill the ich I poised the
fishes with so much stuff. Should I take all of them out and just start the
tank all over again?
Please help, me and the kids are with all hearts broken, specially me as I
feel responsible for this disaster!
goncalves at process_com